BASL calls for a peaceful transition of power

BASL calls for a peaceful transition of power

by Amani Nilar 12-07-2022 | 8:42 PM

COLOMBO (News 1st); The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has called for a smooth and peaceful transition of power while abiding by the rule of law and Constitutionalism.

Issuing a statement, the BASL says that the contribution and sacrifices made by the people of Sri Lanka seeking real change, during the past few months, are immeasurable.

However, the BASL notes that it is equally important to ensure an orderly transition, and continuous respect for rule of law and Constitutionalism in Sri Lanka, to protect the lives of Sri Lankans and their livelihoods.

Pointing out that the BASL has become deeply concerned with regard to statements attributed to various parties including those who were part of the protest groups which undermine the rule of law in Sri Lanka, the Bar Association says that it is in the best interests of the country that the country's functions are continued as it is with respect to Constitutionalism.

Commenting on the reports concerning vandalism by occupied groups and protestors at the President's House, Temple Trees, and the Presidential Secretariat, the BASL calls upon those occupying the premises to ensure that proper authorities are given custody of the buildings, and to ensure the protection of documents and other public properties, which are of archaeological significance.

Moreover, the BASL urges all parties to continue to find solutions for the current economic and political instability in a democratic manner, through an existing Constitutional framework and legal process, in addition to advocating for changes in a manner that does not undermine the administration of justice.